The damaging and long-lasting environmental effects of excessive waste has gained significant awareness in recent years. From re-usable coffee cups to the ban on plastic bags, Australian consumers have been making strides in their efforts to recycle, re-use and better dispose of waste. Our industries are helping this cause too, with a growing list of companies investing in packaging that is sustainable, biodegradable and even compostable!
Progressive councils across Australia were already pushing the boundaries on managing municipal waste even before the China import ban, and since then several exciting new initiatives have been announced.
Plastic has transformed our daily lives in so many ways – from the cars we drive, the computers we use, to the mattresses we lay on. But while plastic was once hailed as revolutionary, today it is a major issue, largely because much is designed to be used only once. These single-use plastics are having a negative effect on the environment, especially within our oceans.
At the end of the day, every retailer and food business has left over food waste that they need to deal with. All of this requires some big money to do so. In some cases, however, it can actually be a business opportunity, especially for retailers and producers who are becoming increasingly aware of their wastage.
Would you drink from a public fountain? It seems most people would rather spend $4 on a bottle of spring water than drink from a community water bubbler due to concerns around health and safety.
In the 20 years between 1996 and 2016, the population of Australia rose by 28 per cent, but its waste production soared up by 170 per cent.
Victoria’s Sunshine Groupe will unveil a global-first artificial intelligence-driven waste sorting system in late July, created by Finland’s ZenRobotics. The system Australia will see is the world’s first 3 gantry ZRR unit, built in Tampere, Finland.
Eriez says its innovative CleanStream process is revolutionising ferrous processing in the scrap metal market with best-in-class metal recovery rates and grade improvement.
If we really want to change community behaviour around waste and recycling, the old way of developing a slogan and advertising campaign doesn’t cut it, says Les Robinson, author of Changeology.
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